A senior journalist has choked back tears on live television as she spoke a heart-breaking story about the death of a three-year-old boy in Melbourne.
Thomas Collins, whose family is from Queensland, died in a Melbourne hospital following desperate attempts to get him home failed.
The Herald Sun reported the story first, writing that the family temporarily moved to Victoria just before the pandemic so their son could receive treatment at the Royal Children’s’ Hospital that was not available in their home state.
When it was clear he wouldn’t survive after he had brain surgery, he was given the all-clear to go home by doctors but the Queensland government failed to act in time.
The Age reporter Jessica Irvine held back tears as she spoke about the tragic story on the Today show this morning.
“No real mercy was shown by the Queensland government when the family did request to come back,” she said.
“I mean, it is again this hard line sort of policies that we have got that. We sort of understand the reason for but these are the really human stories that get caught up and it just breaks my heart.
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“I have a hard time thinking about the parents in this case. And they have lost their little one and now when they go home to visit their family they have got 14 days where they will have got 14 days where they will have to self-isolate and I just send them all my best wishes.
“It is a very, very difficult consequence of the times that we are living in.”